During WWII Stalin wanted to keep the supply lines for the Kiev fortress alive at all cost, using two tunnels under the river Dnjepr. Today the ruins of this failed, highly secret project are sinking into the swamps near the city.
Actually we never wanted to go to Lviv. Nevertheless, this was were we fell out of a plane right on the first day of our tour across the Ukraine. And who was to blame? The UEFA!
On April 26, 1986 reactor number 4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded and contaminated half of Europe. A visit to the still highly contaminanted Exclusion Zone around the former power plant
Wooden houses so beautiful that they have been proposed as an UNESCO World Heritage site? Those exist in Porvoo, about an hour east of Helsinki in Finland 🙂
The last stop on my trip through Belarus was the border city of Brest. Only the Brest Fortress has survived the Second World War, but not just the giant memorial complex is worth a visit! 🙂
Many may be familiar with the French Maginot Line. The Soviet counterpart, the Stalin Line, is far less well known. 35 kilometers from Minsk, some of the few remains have been turned into a “Military Amusement Park”.
In the Soviet Union, the kids didn’t fly to London in Summer, but went to the Communist Pioneer Camp. One of these camps is rotting away in a forest near Minsk…
There is not much to see in Minsk, so most people will want to visit other places in Belarus. And Minsk serves as a good starting point for a round trip car hire! 🙂
I went to the “Night of the Museum” at the Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Minsk. “What could go wrong?”, I thought… 😉
Reliability, commitment and leadership skills were to be consciously promoted in the Soviet Union. And how could one train these three qualities better than by letting children operate a railway line?